Dawlish, Exmouth and Torbay seafronts flooded as huge waves batter Devon

Exmouth seafront has been flooded as heavy rain and huge waves batter the coast.

The Met Office has issued two weather warnings for Devon and Cornwall, which has closed the main railway at Dawlish, and there have been multiple accidents across the region.

Coastal towns have been affected by the downpours, with several flood alerts issued by the environmental agency.

This runner wasn’t phased by the miserable weather

Photos taken this morning show how bad the tides, which have been described as high as ‘at least 10 foot,’ have flooded the seafront at Exmouth.

Water levels at some points of the town are said to be at least a foot deep, with more rain and strong winds forecast throughout the day and on Friday.

The seafront was flooded this morning

Pictures also show how bad Dawlish seafront has been affected by the miserable weather, with huge waves continuing to flood the train line.

Network Rail say engineers are currently on the track at Dawlish station for a visual inspection on the railway, and are looking for any potential damage.

They added that they hope to reopen the railway as soon as possible, when it is safe for passengers.


Footage from Dawlish Beach Cams show huge waves continuing to batter the coast.

Elsewhere, Torbay Road in Torquay is closed in both directions due to the strong winds.

Workers are currently clearing the seafront in order to reopen the seafront.

Torbay Road in Torquay this morning

A Yellow weather warning for rain and wind remains in place until midday today, with more travel disruption expected.

Weather officials are reminding motorists to adjust their speed according to the weather and the amount of water on the road.

The latest update from National Rail reads: “Services running over the Dawlish sea wall will be affected by high tides today.

“Waves are expected to over-top the exposed sea wall at Dawlish, meaning trains will not be able to run between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot from the start of service until approximately 12:00.

The debris and damage on Torbay Road this morning

“A rail service will still run between Newton Abbot, Plymouth and the South West.”

Exmouth seafront this morning

Alternative travel advice:

Mutual ticket acceptance is in place on CrossCountry and Great Western Railway services between Bristol Temple Meads / Taunton / Exeter St Davids and Penzance.

Replacement road transport will operate between:

  • Tiverton Parkway and Plymouth, please change at Tiverton Parkway for direct buses to Plymouth. The expected journey time is approximately 80 minutes. A bus timetable is available here.
  • Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot, calling at Exeter St Thomas, Starcross, Dawlish Warren, Dawlish and Teignmouth. The expected journey time is approximately 85 minutes. There is no timetable for this road transport; staff will be at these stations to assist with onward travel.

Cross Country tickets will be accepted on the following services:

  • Local Stagecoach buses on routes 2, 11, 12, 55, 55A, 55B, 57, 57A, 57B, Gold and H
  • Great Western Railway services between Bristol Temple Meads / Taunton / Exeter St Davids and Penzance

Great Western Railway tickets will be accepted on the following services:

  • Cross Country services between Bristol Temple Meads / Taunton / Exeter St Davids and Penzance
  • South Western Railway services between Exeter St Davids and London Waterloo
  • London Underground services from London Waterloo to London Paddington, however, industrial action is planned on the Central, Waterloo & City, with a very limited service

You may also use your tickets on the following local bus services:

First Kernow on the following routes:

  • 21: St Austell (Station) – St Columb Road (Glen View) – Quintrell Downs (Quintrell Stores) – Newquay,
  • 25: St Austell (Station) – Par (Station)
  • 27: Truro (Bus Station) – St Austell (Station) – Bugle (The Square) – Roche – Bodmin, First Kernow route 87: Truro (Station) – Newquay (Bus Station),
  • T1: Penzance (Station) – St Erth (Station) – Hayle – Camborne (Bus Station) – Redruth (Station) – Truro,
  • 90, 92, 93: Truro (Bus Station) – St Columb Road (Glen View) – Quintrell Downs (Quintrell Stores) – Newquay,
  • T2: St Ives (Bus Station) – Carbis Bay – Lelant – Hayle – Camborne (Bus Station) – Redruth (Station) – Truro

Stagecoach South West on the following routes:

  • X38: Exeter (Bus Station) – Ivybridge – Plymouth (Bus Station),
  • X64: Exeter (Bus Station) – Newton Abbot (Sherborne Road) – Totnes (Royal Seven Stars),
  • 22: Dawlish Warren – Dawlish (The Green) – Teignmouth – Torquay (Strand) – Paignton (Bus Station),
  • 155: Exeter (Bus Station) – Tiverton (Bus Station) – Barnstaple (Bus Station),
  • 12: Newton Abbot (Station) – Torre (Station) – Torquay (Grand Hotel) – Paignton (Bus Station),
  • 2: Newton Abbot (Sherborne Rd) – Teignmouth – Dawlish (Green) – Starcross (Station) – Exeter (Bus Station).
  • Stagecoach GOLD bus route: Torquay (Grand Hotel) – Paignton – Totnes (Station) – Ivybridge – Plymouth (Royal Parade)

Ticket easements:

CrossCountry – Restrictions have been removed on CrossCountry Advance tickets for journeys to and from stations west of Exeter, and passengers with tickets for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday can travel on any of these dates, but as close to their booked time as possible.

Great Western Railway – You may use your ticket for Wednesday 7th November for travel on Thursday 8th November, but if you choose not to travel, you will be entitled to a refund.